What I Ate Wednesday - Fall Edition

It has been a while since I've done a What I Ate Wednesday and I thought it'd be fun to share a Fall Edition of what I'm enjoying lately. I try to eat seasonally for the most part. I'm someone who can eat the same food for weeks and weeks so it's a fun and easy way to switch things up and eat different things. Going to the farmers market all summer helped me with that too. I made it a goal each week to buy something new or something that I didn't really know how to use in my meals, looking at you radishes, and have fun with it. Now the farmers market has ended for the year (insert sad face here) and I'm back to strictly shopping at grocery stores. I'm trying to stick to my goal for the fun of it as well as to switch things up and keep my body on it's toes. :)

BREAKFAST

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This has been my go to breakfast lately. I am loving smoothies even with the weather getting a bit colder. Bananas, pumpkin spice almond milk, ashwagandha, protein powder, and almond butter. #obsessed

LUNCH

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I stopped meal prepping when I quit my desk job because I found that I wanted to eat intuitively. A lot of the time the meals I'd prep to take to work weren't exciting at all to eat but I was at work and didn't really have any other options. Now I've been roasting veggies and making random foods that I can combine in different ways to eat each day and that has been a game changer for me. Here we have: quinoa, roasted red peppers, broccoli, and butternut squash all drizzled with lemon juice and dipped in hummus. Let's be real though, the veggies and quinoa are just a vehicle to get the hummus into my mouth. Just over here waiting for the day that I turn into hummus. It's bound to happen.

SNACK

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A few weeks ago I bought a lot of apples, if you care to read about how much I love them then you can hop over here. But now I have eleventy billion apples that are taking over my life and I'm eating them every chance I get so that they don't go bad. I mean, it's a great problem to have. I'm not complaining, just giving you an accurate description of what's up over here. One of my favorite ways to decrease the abundance of apples is to slice them up, sprinkle granola, cinnamon, molasses, and peanut butter on top for a quick snack. So good!

DINNER

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Pumpkin alfredo. This happened accidentally. I had some leftover pumpkin that I needed to use and this is what it ended up as. If I was the pumpkin, I'd be pretty happy to be turned into alfredo. There aren't too many things I can think of on the list of dinners that are better than a fresh plate of alfredo. I'll probably be sharing the recipe for this deliciousness after another round of recipe testing, which means another round of getting to eat this. Yessss.


That's it for today! Thanks for joining me.

Also, remember that this is just one day of eating for me. Each day is quite different and that's okay! While looking at these type of posts it's important to realize this and never compare your own dietary choices to mine or anyone else's. Eat what makes you feel good and eat as much as you need to satisfy your body!

Much love. xx

What I Eat in a Day - Plant Based

Hello, friends! It's been ages since I've shared a What I Ate post and I was feeling inspired to do so today. It's fascinating to me to see how much these posts change over time as I learn more about what my body likes and follow what I'm craving. I'm definitely eating more processed foods than I used to and I have my fair share of cupcakes and milkshakes but that's life. I spent so many years avoiding those type of foods because they're not "healthy" and are "bad for you." But you know what, I don't think that's the case at all. I struggled with digestive issues for months earlier this year and I think that a lot of that can be linked back to one factor; stress. I was stressing myself out so much with life and food in general that my body was like NOPE. It took a lot of experimenting for me to see that once I added in the things that I restricted for so long that's when my digestion started to work itself out. 

After that experience I've become a lot more flexible with what I'm eating and it has brought so much happiness into my life. People always say to follow how you feel and eat intuitively but I never really was able to resonate with that until earlier this year and it's been so amazing.

On that note, let's get to the goods!

BREAKFAST

I have been obsessed with quinoa for breakfast lately. It keeps much so much fuller and satisfied than oatmeal and I love the consistency of it too! I topped this with blueberries, strawberries, molasses, peanut butter, and chia seeds.

SNACK

Work snacks this week were banana muffins! I've been on a major muffin kick lately. I've made a batch for work for the past 3 weeks straight. Yum!

LUNCH

I really deserve to pat myself on the back for this meal prepped lunch. Rice, grilled peppers, zucchini, and broccoli all thrown together with a teriyaki sauce. I could eat this for every meal. So good!

SNACK

Post work and post bike ride snack is my favorite kombucha ever with some cotton candy grapes. The perfect combo after the most humid bike ride ever where I encountered two snakes!

DINNER

I've had salads for dinner more often than not lately. Kale, romaine, alfalfa sprouts, strawberries, kimchi, and a remoulade dressing. Seriously my go to. I love how effortless salads are to make after coming home from work and not wanting to make a huge mess in the kitchen. Yay, salads!

SNACK

Pretzels, yessssss. I freaking love pretzels. The perfect way to end the day!


That's it for today! Thanks for joining me.

Also, remember that this is just one day of eating for me. Each day is quite different and that's okay! While looking at these type of posts it's important to realize this and never compare your own dietary choices to mine or anyone else's. Eat what makes you feel good and eat as much as you need to satisfy your body!

Much love. xx

24 Hours In NYC - What I Ate

I got to spend about 24 hours in NYC last weekend. It was (as usual) a pretty great period of time and it always leaves me wanting to go back again asap.

While there I made it a goal to eat as much good food as I possibly could in the span of time that I had. Always a challenge I'm willing to take on.

Let's get to it.

First stop: by Chloe, West Village location

Mmmm, by Chloe. Ever since Pure Food and Wine/One Lucky Duck closed a few years ago this has become my favorite vegan restaurant in Manhattan. I am 100% obsessed and my bank account is grateful that I live 5 hours away and can't frequent this place.

Dessert: Sweets by Chloe

All good meals are followed by desserts, this one coming right next door from Sweets by Chloe. Just a plain ol' vanilla cupcake with vanilla icing that was so good I stopped by the next day and picked up another to take home with me.

Dessert #2: Pressed Juicery, Union Square location

If you're even slightly into the healthy eating scene on Instagram then you know about the freezes from Pressed Juicery. This was the first time I got my hands on a cup of it and I'm totally into it. I got vanilla (do you see a theme here yet, whoops) and I definitely want to work my way through the other flavors too!

Breakfast: Juice Generation, Upper East Side

Breakfast on Saturday morning was the juicy jack smoothie from Juice Generation. I typically love everything from here but this smoothie wasn't my favorite actually. It wasn't bad, just not as flavorful as I expected.

Snack: Organic Avenue, NoHo location

I had a $5 credit on my Organic Avenue app and I stopped by after yoga and picked up this chocolate bar. White chocolate = obsessed.

Lunch: Terri, Chelsea location

I discovered Terri last year and I am so in love with their sandwiches. They are SO GOOD. I got the portobello sandwich and I think it's my favorite one on their menu that I've had so far.

Dessert: Blossom du Jour, Chelsea location

It was super hot in NYC this past weekend. No complaints here. Hot weather is my jam and so are vegan milkshakes. This one is from Blossom du Jour and it was my first time there! I loved the consistency and flavor/little bites of cookie dough in this shake. I could have drank about 3 more probably. Yum!

Dinner to-go: by Chloe

A low quality train ride picture of my dinner; salad. One of my favorite salads for two reasons; shiitake bacon and maple wheat croutons. Worth it, trust me.


That's it for this NYC trip! I'm looking forward to going back soon. If you have any vegan/plant based restaurant recommendations please send them my way! xx

What I Ate - Vegan

It's been a few weeks since my last What I Ate post so I figured that I should make it happen! Summer is almost over meaning that my beloved summer fruits, smoothies, and all things cold are about to decrease a bit. I just get so cold after chilly foods in the cold weather and it leads to a very unproductive situation! 

So since that's all happening, I figured we'd do one more What I Ate to end the summer. This is just a typical work day. Nothing fancy here! But that's nice because these are all simple, delicious meals that we can all whip up in our kitchen in no time. 

BREAKFAST

For breakfast I had banana ice cream, of course. I added molasses, bananas, and chocolate almond milk as a base. Then I topped that with cherries, peaches, and coconut. LOVE.

SNACK

The easiest work snack; Clif Bar. I buy boxes of Clif Bars on sale and always keep them with me just in case!

LUNCH

I made a cheesy rice bowl for lunch with broccoli, cauliflower, and beans hiding in there. Honestly, I didn't care for this too much but I made it work for today!

SNACK

Usually I'm home for my after work snack but today I had to go dress shopping for a wedding I'm going to on Saturday. Ahhh, weddings are not my favorite. But that's a whole other story! So, I picked up this juice at the store in between trying on tons of dresses.

DINNER

A fun, easy buddha bowl for dinner! Cheesy rice, roasted spiced chickpeas, steamed carrots, zucchini, and black beans topped with sriracha for a little kick. 

SNACK

For snack I had some homemade Italian ice. Strawberry banana, pink lemonade, and white peach all mixed together. Perfect bliss!


That's it for today! What foods are you loving lately? Let me know!

What I Ate Wednesday - Vegan

Coming at you today with another What I Ate post! I'm sure you figured that out already from the title. But I'm excited to share, so I had to say it twice! This is just a typical Sunday intake. Good, delicious plant foods that make my body feel amazing. 

Let's check 'em out!

BREAKFAST

I'm not the best at getting in my greens so I try to start the morning off with them. I do it just to make sure that I'm getting them in since they're filled with tons of nutrients and make me feel good. Plus, then I'm able to give myself the freedom to not worry about them for the rest of the day!

LUNCH

Simple equation: fries + hummus = YUM. 

SNACK

Afternoon watermelon slushie snack as I watched the thunderstorm clouds roll in. So peaceful and delicious!

DINNER

A very easy dinner tonight! I took some random things that I had cooked and tossed them in a bowl. Tonight's special; rice, black beans, cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli. Simple and satisfying!

SNACK

Banana bread with peanut butter. One of my absolute favorite nighttime snacks! 


That's it for today. I hope your day was filled with yummy vegan foods. Thanks for joining me!